Our 5 Best Electric Cars Of 2021
What are the best electric cars currently in the UK market? Read this article to find out!
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Electric cars have come a long way over the past ten to fifteen years. Although people have toyed with the idea of electric cars since the late 1800s, fully electric cars just haven’t been able to compete with the internal combustion engine for the last century or so.
Arguably this all changed with release of the Tesla Roadster in 2008 and the birth of the modern electric car. Suddenly we had a fully electric vehicle that could go toe-to-toe with any other vehicle on the road; it was fast, sporty, looked cool and could be recharged easily. Fully electric cars had suddenly gone from a nice idea to a real option.
Fast forward to 2021 and there are dozens of fully electric car models available. Gasoline powered cars aren’t going away any time soon; it’s still estimated that electric and plug-in hybrid cars only make up around 1% of the cars currently in use around the world. But they’re catching up! The International Energy Agency reports that 4.6% of all cars sold worldwide in 2020 were plug-in electric, aided by many governments offering incentives such as tax credits, subsidies, and other non-monetary benefits. This in turn has made car manufacturers look to capitalise by creating more and more fully electric offerings.
It’s clear that electric cars are going to feature heavily in our future. But why wait when there are amazing models of fully electric vehicles available right now. Let's take a look at a few of the best that you can buy.
1. Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is an example of just how far electric cars have come over the past ten years. You don’t need to worry that this is a fully electric car, because the Taycan is a ‘real’ Porsche through and through, with all the performance and luxury that the name implies.
The Taycan has incredible acceleration, going 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds in the standard model and an amazing 2.8 seconds if you’re driving the Turbo S version. And this is despite the weight; 2.2-tonnes due to the battery racks. These batteries do give the Taycan a good range, officially 288 miles, although likely closer to 220 in real-world conditions or colder weather. The weight doesn’t adversely affect the Taycan‘s handling either, as it reportedly corners like a Porsche 911. It’s also not a small vehicle, with a similar sized boot to a family hatchback and seating for four people.
The only real drawback? The price point isn’t for everyone. This isn’t a big surprise considering the manufacturer, but the standard model Taycan starts at around £83,500, while the Turbo S goes all the way up to £139,000. It may not be for everyone, but the Porsche Taycan is an exciting sign of things to come.
2. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is the UK’s best selling electric car, and not by a small margin. It currently sells about four times as many units as its nearest competitors the Jaguar I-PACE and the Nissan Leaf. So why is it so popular?
One of the most attractive qualities of the Tesla Model 3 is it’s range, officially 267 miles for the Standard Range Plus mode and 352 miles for the more expensive Performance model. In other words, the Standard model has a comparable range to the Porsche Taycan at almost half the price, costing around £42,500. And none of this is at the cost of performance, as the Standard model goes 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 140mph, and the Performance Model 3 reaches 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds, going up to 162mph.
Add to this a comfortable interior, self-driving technology and a whole host of safety features, and it’s easy to see why this is such an attractive option for UK car owners.
3. Volkswagen ID.3
For a fully electric family hatchback you can’t do much better than the Volkswagen ID.3. The car has good performance with accurate steering and fine body control due to its rear wheel drive. Although the interior has been criticised for being a bit bare-bones, it has a very roomy cabin and large boot that are about the same dimensions as a Volkswagen Golf.
Once again, one of the benefits of the Volkswagen ID.3 is it’s range, which is officially 336 miles. The 201bhp electric motor is also relatively fast. Not as fast as the Tesla Model 3 perhaps, with a 0-60mph time of a little over 7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 99mph. The ID.3 comes in at a reasonable price of £38,800 new, and is a great option for families or people who need a little more space in their electric car.